Why The IB Continnum?




Pan-American School is an IB continuum school, focussing on both personal and academic achievement and challenging students to excel in these areas. We believe that learning is an active and lifelong process and that a well-rounded education includes logical reasoning, languages, artistic sensitivity, social awareness, physical and mental health, and critical thinking. Each person’s special interests, qualities, and talents are nurtured through real-life learning experiences and diverse educational opportunities. We support our students to develop a social conscience and a commitment to peace, democracy, cultural diversity, and service to humanity.


Our core education includes:

  • The Primary Years Programme (PYP, PlayKids to Grade 5):  The PYP prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. It focuses on the development of the whole child.
  • The Middle Years Programme (MYP, Grades 6 to 10):  The MYP provides a challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world.  The MYP is inclusive by design; students of all interests and academic abilities can benefit from their participation.
  • The Diploma Programme (DP, Grades 11 and 12):  The DP aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge –- students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally, and ethically.

Students also have the option of graduating with a US High School Diploma and/or the Costa Rican National Baccalaureate Diploma.

Pan-American School aims to develop internationally-minded persons who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world, reflecting the IB Learner Profile:

  • Inquirers.
  • Knowledgeable. 
  • Thinkers. 
  • Communicators. 
  • Principled. 
  • Open Minded. 
  • Caring.
  • Risk takers. 
  • Balanced.
  • Reflective.